Sevastopolskie gang leader heads FС Rubin
Rustem Saimanov replaced representative of the TAIF holding Rustam Sayakhov.
Former leader of the Sevastopolskie gang Rustem Saimanov, also known as Saiman, took the post of director general of the Kazan football club Rubin. This is reported by Vechernyaya Kazan. Prior to Saimanov, the position of the Rubin director general was held by representative of the TAIF state corporation Rustam Sayakhov. It is expected that Rubin would announce reshuffle on its website in the near future.
Saimanov entered the leadership of Rubin as a sports director in June 2017 at the invitation of club president Radik Shaimiev, son of ex-president of Tatarstan Mintimer Shaimiev. At the club, he was responsible for transfer and organizational matters. He held the same position in 2006-2008 prior to his arrest on suspicion of involvement in a series of murders committed in the 1990s by the Sevastopolskie organized crime group.
In 2011, the Supreme Court of Tatarstan recognized Saimanov guilty of committing a premeditated murder of 7 people by prior agreement by a group of people in a dangerous way and sentenced to 8.5 years in prison in a general regime colony. In 2014, Mr. Saymanov was released on parole by the Medvedevsky District Court of Mari El.
The Sevastopolskie group appeared in 1992. The name of the gang origins from the Kazan hotel Sevastopol, where the bandits were based. The first leader of the group was Lenar Rechpov, who was also a member of the Kazan gangs Sloboda and Boriskovo. Sevastopolskie united leaders and rank-and-file participants of several gangs in Kazan (Nizy, Gryaz, 56th Quarter and others) to eliminate members of the rival Zhylka and Novotatarsky gangs.
Initially, the defendants in the case had been charged with embezzlement through swindling in the amount of 225 million rubles ($3.3 million). In the final version of the indictment, the article was changed to 1.5-billion-ruble ($22.45 million) embezzlement.